Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Gentlest Mother beckoned to me today...


Nature -- the Gentlest Mother is,
Impatient of no Child --
The feeblest -- or the waywardest --
Her Admonition mild -- 

In Forest -- and the Hill --

By Traveller -- be heard --

Restraining Rampant Squirrel --
Or too impetuous Bird --



How fair Her Conversation --
A Summer Afternoon --
Her Household -- Her Assembly --
And when the Sun go down --


Her Voice among the Aisles
Incite the timid prayer
Of the minutest Cricket --
The most unworthy Flower --


When all the Children sleep --
She turns as long away
As will suffice to light Her lamps --
Then bending from the Sky --














  


With infinite Affection --
And infiniter Care --
Her Golden finger on Her lip --
Wills Silence -- Everywhere --


Nature- the Gentlest Mother is, by Emily Dickinson

Thank you for stopping by to see the views from my porch this glorious spring day...
Linsey



Monday, April 2, 2012

Welcome to Week 9 of Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .



Welcome to Week 9 of 
 Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .

the party with a cowgirl can-do  spirit!

1 Party, 4 Blogs


Hey Cowgirls!  This is Amanda from The Ivy Cottage Blog.  My life has been a whirlwind of weddings (I design wedding decor for a living), family, spring projects, and wishes . . . . lots and lots of wishes.

What are my wishes?

I am wishing for more time to create some of these lovely projects that you all have put together!  I can't believe that Easter is right around the corner and that I should be done with my spring planting by now . . . should be are the key words.

Hope you enjoy all of these bright, colorful projects for spring and Easter!










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You might recognize, Little House in the Big D, from last week.  She is back rocking a fantastic transformation with decoupage!  Something tells me that I need to meet up with this blogger!  I live in the Big D too!



A new series about Nautical Flags over at Leone Design . . . be sure to check back with her for the future flag projects, because this one is a knock out!



Barbara over at 31 Rosemary Lane had an assignment due the other night.  I know we are a little late, Barbara, but everyone head on over and choose your favorite of all of her lovely photography.  This was my choice!


And finally, this fantastic string art by Twigg Studios.  I am totally inspired and thinking about recreating something similar for my backyard.


If you were featured here, grab a Featured button. Be sure to like our Facebook pages, since we also post many other favorites there too. If you got featured on Facebook, then feel free to grab a featured button also.


Now about the party...
You link up on my blog and your link shows up on four blogs.
More exposure, less time.
We are looking for the latest and greatest projects, tutorials, ideas, crafts, recipes, decor, and inspiring stories. Anything that you are proud to show off.
Cowgirl Up! is the link party that saves you time and brings you inspiration. Doesn't get any easier than that!
What blogs will your link appear on? Check us out below!
Linsey with The Farmhouse Porch
Anita with Cedar Hill Ranch
Samantha with Crafty Texas Girls
The four of us are all Texas bloggers, but you don't have to be Texas, country, western, or own horses to participate in Cowgirl Up! You just need that "can-do", cowgirl spirit!
Cowgirl Up! Link Party Guidelines:
(Please read the guidelines before participating)
* When you link with Cowgirl Up!, your link will automatically show on four different blogs. Awesome!
* Please follow your host blog before linking up on GFC and the new linky follow.
* You may link up decor, DIY, crafts, guest post, recipes, giveaways, sewing, inspiring stories, and anything that you feel related to the listed categories.
* You may link as many links as you want.
* Be sure to include the Cowgirl Up! Button or text link to Cowgirl Up in your linked post.
* Be courteous and visit the two links before yours. Please LIKE your favorite links! Several projects will be featured each week!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

I tiny little painting today, just for me

When you've been working on big paintings that are spoken for, it's fun to just do a little tiny painting of something just for yourself. I paint things that I enjoy looking at. If it sells wonderful, if not...I get to enjoy it on my walls for awhile. So the subject of this chubby little cutie (only 6 inches x 6", and on gallery wrapped canvas so it's pretty deep at 1.5 inches) should come to no surprise to those of you who frequent the FP.




I figure if I can't find any more ironstone pitchers, I can just start painting them and set them on the shelves next to the real stuff. Haha...

And as always, my paintings are for sale. If you see something you like please feel free to contact me.
Now stop playing on the computer and go to bed, and make me do the same. yaaawwwn.

♥Linsey

Monday, March 26, 2012

Welcome to Week 8 of Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .



Welcome to Week 8 of 
 Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .

the party with a cowgirl can-do  spirit!

1 Party, 4 Blogs



Hi friends! Linsey from the Farmhouse Porch here! It's beginning to feel like spring in my neck of the blog. Here are some of the fresh ideas that caught my eye from last week's "Cowgirl Up!" party...


I have the blues...in a good way! I'm loving this robins' egg wreath  by Uncommon Design Online


 






MISS FLIBBERTIGIBBET shows us how wax can add the perfect finishing touch to a painted hutch. Didn't this turn out fabulous?


 





Here we have a charming example of cottage DIY artwork. This collage style piece looks great with a robins' egg blue and brown classic color combo. By Noting Grace


 





I love jar dispensers don't you? I always forget to make them but after seeing the neat ones Anne made at Design Dreams by Anne it's on the top of my to do list!


 


Spring will certainly send you out into the yard for a project or two soon. Samm at Little House in the Big D shows us how to turn a small forgotten side yard into a lovely  landscaped space. I just wish I looked this good while gardening...check out those guns! : )


 

Let's see what you've got for us this week!


♥Linsey


If you were featured here, grab a Featured button.  Be sure to like our Facebook pages, since we also post many other favorites there too. If you got featured on Facebook, then feel free to grab a featured button also. 





Now about the party...

You link up on my blog and your link shows up on four blogs. 
 More exposure, less time. 

We are looking for the latest and greatest projects, tutorials, ideas, crafts, recipes, decor, and inspiring stories.  Anything that you are proud to show off.

Cowgirl Up! is the link party that saves you time and brings you inspiration.  Doesn't get any easier than that!

What blogs will your link appear on?  Check us out below!
Linsey with The Farmhouse Porch
Anita with Cedar Hill Ranch
Samantha with Crafty Texas Girls

The four of us are all Texas bloggers, but you don't have to be Texas, country, western, or own horses to participate in Cowgirl Up!  You just need that "can-do", cowgirl spirit!
Cowgirl Up! Link Party Guidelines:

(Please read the guidelines before participating)
*  When you link with Cowgirl Up!, your link will automatically show on four different blogs.  Awesome!
*  Please follow your host blog before linking up on GFC and the new linky follow.
*  You may link up decor, DIY, crafts, guest post, recipes, giveaways, sewing, inspiring stories, and anything that you feel related to the listed categories.
*  You may link as many links as you want.
Be sure to include the Cowgirl Up! Button or text link to Cowgirl Up in your linked post.  
*  Be courteous and visit the two links before yours.  Please LIKE your favorite links!  Several projects will be featured each week!

Ushering in spring with crusty garden statues,chippy whites and lots of green

No words for today. Just some photos to help get you in a springy mood!







































Don't forget to join the party tonight! And if you can't join tonight you can link up tomorrow. "Cowgirl Up!" linky party starts at 8:30 pm, central time!!!


♥Linsey


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

3 Big Things for Show & Tell!!!

3 Big Things for Show & Tell!!!

1. We are going to be on America's Funniest Home Videos this Sunday (3/25)! Look for the video where my daughter reaches for an Easter egg and gets a "hissing" surprise instead. (6 p.m. central time on ABC I think)

2. This Saturday is my Fort Worth Gallery Night art show. I have been painting like the wind. I'm really excited and of course I'll share pics of the unveiled paintings and the show when I return. : )
click here Art Show Flyer 


I hate that I'm so impatient. It's probably my worst trait. So before you see these pics and think you'd change the light fixture or window treatment...relax! I've already mentally taken care of it. Now I just need to physically take care of it. In fact that little china cabinet/secretary with early 90's crackle finish is just temporary. Something bigger and cooler is in the works (project #43 on the list...) and I am sooo excited to dive in.  I have an a-ma-zing light fixture already. But getting my overworked hubby to help me hang it is taking a backseat to bigger projects we are working on in the yard. I've been planning a big dining room re-do for quite some time! It's the room that everybody sees when they enter my home and I was tired of the dark black furniture. In my attempt to lighten things up I sold the black china cabinet. Funny enough, the sweet girl who picked it up took a look into the garage and said "Wow, you two are real project people huh?". That made me feel so good! Little does she know we're good project STARTERS...haha.

Here's a (Horrible) BEFORE ...
*I was rearranging...it wasn't always this disheveled 














And  AFTER...





































































Like a breath of spring huh? I actually want to go into this room now! Thanks for reading, I have been reading all of your comments and linky party link ups. Thank you for hanging in there 'til things settle down over here in my little corner of the world.

♥Linsey
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